Martini bars in Singapore are hard to come by. The classic cocktail isn’t the easiest to get right, despite the relatively simple construction of one part dry vermouth to six parts gin.
In a recent article, we spoke to bartenders from Atlas, Morton’s and Martini Bar to figure out exactly what makes a good martini, and whether it’s best shaken or stirred. Armed with that knowledge, it’s time to actually drink it.
Despite the bars on this list not being dedicated martini bars, they mix one up damn well. Some incorporate their own twists, while others proffer fantastic happy hour deals to get your drink on.
Here are our favourite martini bars in Singapore.
Situated in the heart of the Central Business District, The Exchange is a brasserie and bar that caters to the banker crowd with its insane happy hour promotions that begin in the morning. Yes, the morning. Banking’s a high-stress job, you know. It also runs free-flow martinis on ladies night each Wednesday, making it a great place to let loose after a long day.
The Exchange, Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View, #01-05, Singapore 018960, +65 6636 1200
This bar’s straightforward name should give you an idea of what it specialises in. The menu’s full of martini variations, spanning sweet, fruity, savoury, dry, wet, dirty and more. You’ll be spoiled for choice, but we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Martini Bar at Mezza9, 10 Scotts Road, Grand Hyatt, Singapore 228211, +65 6738 1234
Orgo is a rooftop terrace restaurant-bar, helmed by Japanese bartenders who believe in only using the freshest of ingredients to mix up their cocktails. That means no liqueurs and no syrups. It’s got a broad selection of fruity vodka and classic gin martinis, so there’s truly something for everyone.
Orgo, Esplanade, 8 Raffles Avenue, #04-01, Singapore 039802, +65 6336 9366
This heritage bar along Emerald Hill is famed for its one-for-one martini deals, and it’s a stone’s throw away from town. The bar’s always packed, so try and head down early so you can imbibe in some of its classic martinis, chow down on prawn paste chicken wings, and have handfuls of peanuts. You’re even recommended to toss the shells on the floor.
No.5 Emerald Hill, 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289, +65 6732 0818.
This bar is named after the martini’s offbeat cousin, the gibson, a martini with pickled onion as a garnish. It serves that, and a mean dry martini made with rare release Beefeater Crown Jewel gin. Here’s the place to be if you’re adventurous.
Gibson, Level 2, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834, +65 9114 8385.